7 things you can do for your mental health today
We all have times when we don’t quite feel like ourselves. During those periods, even the things that you enjoy doing can feel draining—not even mentioning our responsibilities and the things that we have to do.
Luckily though, mental health awareness is on the rise, and we have began to have those conversations more openly.
Here are some tips to help you deal with the lows when they come—because it doesn’t matter who you are, we all feel a bit low at times.
1. Take care of your body
Now, the first item on our list is a bit of a cliché, but taking care of your body really does help improve your mental health. You might notice that you feel a certain lightness the day after a workout. Or you even have a meal that is so good just remembering it makes you smile. Exercise, eat nutritious meals, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. These things might seem like chores a lot of the time, but they can affect your overall moods and how you feel.
2. Surround yourself with good people
People who have strong connections to their family and friends are generally healthier than people who don’t. Interacting with people, sharing experiences with supportive people and just sharing a laugh that leaves you out of breath with someone can be incredible things for your mood.
3. Do something for someone else
Helping people who need it can also have positive effects on your own mental health. You will always feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need. You don’t necessarily have to volunteer at charities (which by the way is a good way to meet people), you can just start with helping the people in your circle who need it.
4. Set realistic goals
The goals that we set for ourselves can also have an effect on our mental health. Our goals can put pressure on us and get us down when they aren’t met. This is why it’s necessary to set realistic goals. When you’re setting a goal, don’t just consider when you would like to meet that goal. Instead, look into what it’s going to take, and be realistic about how much time you’ll need to get there.
5. Learn how to deal with stress
Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Try One-Minute Stress Strategies, do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.
6. Quiet your mind
Try meditating, Mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.
7. Set realistic goals
Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don’t over-schedule. You’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.
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